Saturday 21st April 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Paul Taylor, Paul Robertson, Mark Beeston, Steve Rimmer, Peter Band, Martin McDonald, Neil Hall, Carl Laurie (Colin Hall), John Grant, Gavin Salmon. Subs not used: Neil Critchley, Lloyd Richardson.
Bamber Bridge: Stewart, Westwood, Farley, P Robinson, McCann, Aspinall, Turner, Ryan, K Robinson, Whittaker, Crompton. Subs: Burton, Pates, Woodward
Hyde's poor season reached new depths today as they were easily brushed aside at home against a Bamber Bridge side that were very workmanlike but nothing special. The visitors were the first team to register an attempt when John Turner got round the back and crossed but Karl Robinson couldn't quite stretch enough to turn the ball home. Robinson also had the next chance when Ryan played him in but the ball got tangled up in his feet allowing Hyde goalkeeper Graham Bennett to save. The home side, missing their leading scorer Simon Yeo through injury, took time to get going and their first effort arrived when John Grant got to the byline before pulling the ball back for Gavin Salmon whose shot was blocked on the goal-line. Bridge keeper Billy Stewart made an excellent save to deny Peter Band, scooping the ball away from the top corner after the midfielder's header. Hyde took the lead right on half-time when Gavin Salmon raced onto Grant's flick before clinically firing past Stewart and into the corner. Twelve minutes after the break, the visitors were back on level terms when Andy Whittaker headed home from Paul Crompton's cross. A minute later Hyde could have retaken the lead when Paul Robertson passed to Band who promptly chipped the ball over Stewart but also over the crossbar. On 67 minutes Bamber Bridge stormed into the lead, Turner played in Paul Ryan who made no mistake in slotting past Bennett from close range. On 77 minutes the game was over as a contest when another Crompton cross was controlled by Andy Whittaker before he calmly fired in his second. HisHat-trick was completed three minutes later when he rose to head home acorner and confirm Bamber Bridge's first ever "double" over Hyde.